“A technical loop ride from the main Tabeguache trailhead up to the Gunny Loop Trail and back.”
— D L
Loop ride from the main Tabeguache trail parking lot on Monument Road utilizing Eagle's Tail
trails to access Gunny Loop
and Holy Bucket
, Holy Cross
, and Curt's Lane
trails to return to the trailhead.
Where the Kokopelli trail network between Loma and Mack has excellent flow with technical sections interspersed, the Lunch Loops are the opposite: very technical, loose and rocky with flow interspersed. If technical isn't your thing, then neither is the Lunch Loops trail system. There is hardly a straight section of trail within the network, keeping you on your toes at every blind turn.
This ride incorporates: Tabeguache Trail
; Eagle's Tail
; Tabeguache Trail
(again); Holy Cross
; Gunny Loop
; Holy Bucket
; Holy Cross
(again); Coyote Ridge
; Ali Alley
; Curt's Lane
Note if riding this loop from the Little Park trailhead, tie back into Tabeguache Trail
from Coyote Ridge
/Raven's Ridge via High Noon
There are several opportunities to lengthen the loop. Notably: climb Eagle's Tail
to Eagle's Wing
and connect to Holy Cross
via Eagle's Connector
, Miramonte Rim
and Leftover Lane
are all accessible from the Gunny Loop
intersection, or at Clunker
. Lunch Line
via Free Lunch
are also fun to tack for a figure-eight loop with Tabeguache Trail
Need to Know
The Tabeguache trail network (aka Lunch Loops) are nestled away in the south end of Grand Junction. From the intersection of Grand Avenue and the I70 Business Loop, go right on Broadway (Colorado 340). After crossing the river, turn left onto Monument Road. The trailhead is 1-1/2 miles on the left. Alternatively, if coming from Fruita, exit on Redlands Parkway and drive south to Broadway (Colorado 340). Go left then turn right after 3 miles onto Monument Road.
Riding the Tabeguache trail system can be extremely exerting. It is typically very hot and the technical nature of the trails makes them very demanding. Mileage in the terrain comes at a bit slower pace for most riders. Plan ride times and lengths accordingly.
The trail system is well marked; however there are several maps published for the area to aid with wayfinding. The BLM has a free map which can be accessed online. There is also a handy, waterproof, bend-resistant, pocket map for the area available at most area shops.
From the parking lot ride south on Tabeguache Trail
on the right side of the bike park. Take the first right onto Eagle's Tail
, then the next left in a switchback onto Pet-e-Kes
. Ride Pet-e-Kes
(passing a junction on the left) to a t-intersection with High Noon
, a cross-connection across Tabeguache Trail
between Eagle's Tail
and Raven Ridge
Take a left on High Noon
and turn right and climb Tabeguache Trail
to Holy Cross
. Go east on Holy Cross
. Go right on Prenup
and climb back to Tabeguache Trail
. Go left and climb to Little Park Road. Cross the road and look for Gunny Loop
trail beginning on the east side of the road, slightly downhill.
Take Gunny Loop
, passing Gunnector
on the left after a short distance, then a bit further a connection on the right back to Little Park Road and Andy's Trail . Continue on Gunny Loop
across a doubletrack (Gunny 2-Track
) leading to the Little Park trailhead, and begin to descend.
The descent can be a bit hairy; particularly after periods of rain. Be on your toes and keep your head UP!
After crossing an old doubletrack, and a particularly gnarly drop, Gunny Loop
on the left a second time and takes a hard right. After a little more descending, Gunny Loop
wends through two valleys with a hike-a-bike in between, eventually returning to Little Park Road.
Cross the road and continue on singletrack. Take a left onto Holy Bucket
and ride to Holy Cross
. Turn right on Holy Cross
and ride to a junction with Clunker
. Go left and climb to Coyote Ridge
Trail. Go left and then take a right onto Ali-Alley and cross to Curt's Lane
via Raven Ridge
The beginning of Curt's Lane
is a bit confusing as there are both a doubletrack and singletrack option. These two tracks converge just to the north of the junction with Leftover Lane
, which spurs east at this location as well. Descend Curt's Lane
back to the trailhead.